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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2004

    IL - Ryan Katcher, 19, Oakwood, 5 November 2000

    "On November 5, 2000 my 19 year old son disappeared from my life. Sometime during the night he was brought to our home from a party and was never seen again.
    Ryan was a sophomore at the University of Illinois in Champaign and on the Deans List. He lived on campus and came home on weekends.
    We are a very close family and police can find no indication that Ryan would have run away. Ryan's dad died in 1998 from a lengthy battle with cancer, but that had made our family even closer and stronger.

    An extensive search was done in Vermilion County Illinois by land and air; horseback, four wheeler, and foot. ESDA coordinated hundreds in search for Ryan and his black 1999 Ford F150 truck.

    A reward fund was established by friends and employers for information leading to the wherabouts of Ryan. There are no leads at the present time.

    We are asking the general public for help to assist us in getting posters out world wide and continuing the search for Ryan and his truck.

    Linda Katcher"

    Missing Since:
    2:00 a.m. 11/5/00

    Last seen in
    Oakwood, Illinois area

    Ryan is:
    56 160 Ibs.
    19 years old - currently 21
    Blonde hair, Blue Eyes

    Call Vermilion County Sheriff's Department:

    Details: He was wearing a Tennessee baseball hat, blue jeans, grey tennis shoes, and a MGD jacket. He has a mole on the left side of his neck. He was driving a 99 black Ford F150 Regular Cab long bed with tinted back window with Illinois license plate number 44 EZ GO . $7500 Reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Ryan Katcher

    Ryan Featured on 18 Wheel Angels and in Trucking Magazine
    Project Jason is pleased to announce that Ryan Katcher is on their 18 Wheel Angel campaign through July 15th. This national location program targets truck drivers and other business travelers, asking them to print and distribute specially designed posters from the Project Jason website. You do not need to be a truck driver to help, just go to www.projectjason.org and to the 18 Wheel Angels link to print Ryan's poster.

    Through their affiliation with J.B.Scott publishing, Project Jason has featured missing persons in Through the Gears, a publication with a circulation of 150,000, available at truck stops nationwide.

    You can see a copy of Ryan's inclusion here:


    Please help Ryan's family by placing posters of him.

    Thank you.

    Kelly Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason

  2. #2
    Please go to www.findryan.com and think of Ryan for a moment. I visit his site regularly and someone has been posting obscene messages in his guestbook- I am REPLUSED by anyone that could do this.

    It just seems so incredible that there are no leads or sightings- no-one has even see his truck in 4 years!! Its just not possible. Where is Ryan?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Here's Ryan's license plate number. People on Ryan's forum were asking about it. It sounds like he was brought home from a party, then may have taken off in his truck - with someone or alone??? Ryan and the truck have completely disappeared.

    "He drives a black 1999 Ford F-150 truck with an Illinois license plate 44EZGO."

    Recently a young woman was found in her car 8 days after an accident (Colorado?) A few years ago a local young woman, missing for a week or two, was found under a bridge in her car, unfortunately dead, as a result of an auto accident. I wonder if Ryan had a similar accident, and his truck hasn't been located.

  4. #4
    Thanks for that. I've often thought about whether Ryan had some kind of accident. It must be terrible for his family not knowing......Its been so long now you'd think they would have found his truck or something. Its just so bizarre..............................

  5. #5
    They keep referring to a friend that brought him home, never mentioning the name of the friend. I assume the friend has been cleared, but wonder what shape Ryan was in when he got home. If he was so tired he crashed on the couch (or drunk?) he might not have locked the door behind him? Or did everything go OK at the party, could he have been upset about something? Anyone who would lay out their church clothes for the next day, and stack up their books seems pretty organized and not likely to just wander off without having a good reason or something really off in their life.
    Just the facts, Ma'am.

  6. #6
    I wonder whether his family suspect this "friend", often these things can't be spoken about in "public" but the family has an idea what happened...................

    What bothered me was the amount of pornograpy and profanity in Ryans guestbook on his website. Why would people be so cruel to a family going through so much already?? It doesn't make any sense.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    The mother has never mentioned suspicion of the friend to me. I'm sure all of the known key players were cleared a long time ago.


  8. #8
    Thanks for that information Kelly.Do you know by any chance if Ryans mom is still monitoring his site? There is so much stuff on there that needs removing- maybe Ryans mom is just not feeling up to it? I'm trying to drum up some kind of interest in his case. I would be more than willing to help with the upkeep of his site- or anything at all I can do...............

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    I believe she does, but I do not know to what extent. Someone else acts as webmaster, and perhaps they have been AWOL for some reason. I can email her and ask about it.


  10. #10
    That would be great Kelly. She may not even know about all the cr*p on there- it REALLY needs removing. Thankyou!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    I sent Linda an email, but she's not an emailing type, so it may be awhile before I hear something. I may just call her by the weekend. I don't know why, but it seems like Ryan's board has always attracted quite a few undesirable characters. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


  12. #12
    Thanks for that Kelly. I know Ryans mom cares desperatley about finding her son I wouldn't want people to think otherwise by reading the rubbish on that site.............

    Let me know if you hear anything!!

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Linda wrote back & said it wasn't caught and she has told the webmaster about it. She also asked for our prayers as Ryan's 4 year missing date will be coming up on 11/5.


  14. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Native Texan, In Germany
    Thanks, Kelly
    Many prayers for Ryan, and all who love and miss him.

    God bless you, Linda.
    With love and HOPE, Lanie
    Help For The Missing

  15. #15
    Thankyou Kelly. Of course prayers for Ryan....................

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